Barboursville Vineyards (Twitter) is one of the oldest wineries in Virginia. While the estate has been around since 1814 it wasn't until 1976 that Gianni Zonin defied local logic and planted vines.
The estate itself is 870 acres with 100 acres under vine and they produce 35,000 cases a year (though they expect that number to increase to more than 40,000).
The most famous wine at Barboursville is their Octagon. Octagon is a right-bank style Bordeaux blend consisting of Merlot, Reserve Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. The current vintage is 2006 which has a really dark red color to it. It has aromas of black currant and plum with chocolate and earth tastes. The tannins are very soft and it has a nice full body.
In addition to the Octagon they also have an excellent Nebbiolo an amazing Cabernet Franc Reserve (2007 vintage) and a very good Sauvignon Blanc.